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The mission of Christian Help of Mingo County is “to respond to situations of emergency or dire need with immediacy and simplicity, respecting the dignity of all in the spirit of Jesus Christ.”  The agency, founded in 1994, operates in Mingo County, one of the poorest counties in Appalachia, a region known for its widespread poverty. 

Christian Help provides food, clothing, and transportation free of charge to people living in poverty in northern Mingo County. We operate a clothing store, a food pantry, and a transit service, all offered at no cost. 

The agency also provides financial aid to very low-income people, to help pay the basic expenses of life.  Included among the expenses we help provide are utility bills, rent, medical and dental expenses, car and home repair, gasoline and kerosene, eyeglasses, and dentures. In 2009, we distributed more than $170,000 toward these needs.  (All money is paid directly to the service providers rather than to the clients.)

The U.S. Census Bureau identifies West Virginia as having second highest number of people living in poverty among all U.S. states, the very lowest level of median household income in the nation, and the very highest level of children under age 5 living in poverty.  Among all 55 counties in this poor state, Mingo County has the fifth highest number of people living in poverty, the fifth highest number of people under 18 living in povery, and the fourth lowest level of median household income.

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